Global Citizen Festival Expands to India Favorite 


Sep 12 2016



Jay Z, Coldplay and the Bollywood star Aamir Khan will join forces in India this fall as the Global Citizen Festival expands internationally.

The charity concert, overseen by the Global Poverty Project, will be held at the MMRDA Grounds in Mumbai on Nov. 19 — World Toilet Day — with a focus on sanitation, clean water, education and gender equality. Most tickets will be given away free to those who complete the organization’s individual activism goals, such as contacting their local chief ministers, as detailed at; a limited number of V.I.P. tickets will also be available for purchase.

“The impact of this organization is incredible,” Jay Z, who headlined the 2014 Global Citizen Festival in New York, said in a statement. “This is the perfect example of the meaning of what a Global Citizen is: individuals from all parts of the world joining as one voice to call for change.” The show will mark Jay Z’s first-ever concert in India.

Chris Martin, Coldplay’s lead singer, signed on last year as the curator of Global Citizen’s music festivals for 15 years. Foreshadowing this international expansion, his band’s 2015 music video for “Hymn for the Weekend” was filmed in India and featured Beyoncé, who is married to Jay Z and was last year’s Global Citizen headliner.

The nonprofit, which aims to bring attention to the United Nations’ global development goals and plan to end extreme poverty, will host its fifth-annual flagship concert in Central Park on Sept. 24 with Rihanna, Kendrick Lamar, Major Lazer and Metallica. The event in Mumbai will also feature the Bollywood performers Ranveer Singh, Katrina Kaif, Farhan Akhtar, Shraddha Kapoor and others.

Hugh Evans, the chief executive of Global Citizen, said in a statement, “The years I spent living and working in India as a teenager were a key catalyst of my passion for challenging the status quo of poverty alleviation. So bringing the Global Citizen movement to India is a moment many years in the making.”

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